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Sports tournaments mean big business for Rochester restaurants

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Rochester is crawling with out-of-town athletes and their families this weekend, all here for the Kiwanis hockey and Rotary basketball tournaments.

And that means a big bump in business for the Rochester economy to finish out 2013.

According to the Rochester Amateur Sports Commission, an out of town guest in Rochester for the day spends an average of $100 a day, and if they stay in a hotel, that number jumps up to $229 dollars.

So with two big tournaments, that's a lot of extra money.

We stopped by Chester's Friday afternoon as they were gearing up for the dinner rush, and they say the holidays are already a busy time in the restaurant, but they're seeing even more added business from the families and teams in town.

While it can be challenging, they say its good for business and good for Rochester.

"We're pretty packed, and we're pretty packed tonight," said Carissa Merritt of Chester's. "So we're just trying to get everybody in and everybody sat in a timely manner, and also switch things around so that we can make a little extra space for everyone that is coming over from the basketball tournament."

At Chester's they say they've seen a lot of big groups like teams stopping by, and plenty of families.

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